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I've always hated the drawer base that's one of the two base cabinets I'm going to convert into a craft table. It has three shallow drawers and one deep drawer. The stupid part that bugs me is that there is a shallow drawer at the top, then the deep drawer, and then two shallow drawers below that. I think those cabinets were factory seconds from a cabinet factory that used to be in the town where my mom's house was. That whole room full of cabinets had other issues, all of which led me to that conclusion as did the cheap way the rest of the house had work done. At any rate, for years I've tried to figure out how to move that deep drawer to the bottom of the cabinet where it belonged, but the way it's constructed that would be impossible to do without major damage that would look worse than the misplaced drawer. But this morning when I woke up, it finally hit me it would be fairly easy to make the two shallow bottom drawers into one deeper drawer, and it makes sense to do that. So I prepped the cabinet and once the sun comes up, just because that will make it seem less like it's twenty below even though it'll still be twenty below, I can go out to the frigid garage and locate a saw to do the deed. I'm hoping it goes well. If it does, and it really should, I'll be much, much happier with that cabinet, after all these years.

I have biga started for more ciabatta bread. We've been hard on that stuff lately. So good. I'm so happy I found that recipe. It's so easy and so good, and not too bad for us since I tinkered with the recipe, added white whole wheat flour, and cut down on the salt. It's still not health food, but doable.

I saw an ad a week or so ago about a speaker system for the TV that's supposed to make voices clearer and help level out the volume between shows and ads and also during movies when the voices are at a much lower volume than the scenes with stuff blowing up. Since we like movies with stuff blowing up, that last one has been particularly annoying. Husby did some research and decided we needed the biggest system available at twice the price of the basic system, large parts of which our TV couldn't even use and which are intended for home theater systems, which we don't have and never will. That's the way he is about electronics, only the mostest will do. I don't know why, because he isn't like that with other things. I finally talked him out of that and we got the basic one for half as much money. It came last night and I just love it. It's so much easier to hear the TV clearly at a lower volume, and it has a nice tone. I was a little skeptical about it all but it seems like a good purchase. It's so nice when things work out well. :)

What I'm saving by reusing the base cabinets for my craft table along with other bits and pieces we have laying around covers the new TV gizmo several times over. :) Which is why I've gotten good at making do, so we can buy the stuff we can't DIY.
 

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It's nice and sunny today, and still cold. DH is sick and I have a headache, but mine will go away. The plan is to do some sewing/quilting. I also have a strange urge to clean the fridge vegetable drawers, which I can't do. Maybe I'll just sort through them. Something there smells wrong. I was planning to make a vegetable soup for dinner anyway.

SD, good luck with the cabinet project.

Hope the rest of you have warm afghans to work on. :)
 
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No afghans here, just bits of silk ribbon I had forgotten about until they turned up a few days ago. That won't contribute much toward keeping me warm but we're back to sensible winter temps today.

I finished with the floss last night, except for a little DMC that I used for the Christmas cards That still needs to be put back. I had exactly enough boxes for it all which was a happy surprise since I had just guessed. Today I need to file patterns in binders and make labels for them. My flower and bird patterns have outgrown their binders so I am moving them to larger ones. Also I have the last patterns from the disgraceful pattern binge to put away.

I never finished the little Christmas tree pattern I was doing when I was overtaken by the organization mania, so I need to finish that. I was to the point of adding the beads. That shouldn't take long to do and then j can put away the beads that have been heroically clinging to the sticky mat throughout the chaos.

Then I get to choose what to do next. I'm thinking I may do a small kit of sheep all in shades of green. However when I'm working with the patterns this afternoon I may find something irresistible to do instead. I may not be able to actually stitch for a bit though. The other night I broke the nail on the right index finger down to the quick and later in the evening managed to cut it right at the quick popping open a container. Needless to say it is very sore and may not take kindly to pushing and pulling a needle. I'll see how it goes. I certainly have other things I can do.
 

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Hugs for the sore finger, WTG for getting the rest of it done. :)

I scored big at GW this AM. Everything we bought was half price, for starters. We were the only customers in the store, and got there right after opening on the day they change tag colors, so had the entire store to find freshly marked down stuff. Plus they had linens all at half price regardless of tag color, and decided to throw fabrics into that classification as well. I got two hunks of flannel for Days stuff, plus four yards of fabric for $2 that will be great for shields. I got a piece of panel fabric (I forget what it's called) that has six quilt blocks printed with pics of different antique and vintage sewing machines. One of them resembles the original Viking-Husqvarna machine first made by the company almost 150 years ago. I couldn't leave that behind, could I? Or the coordinating piece with the button motif. I'll use those to make at least one sewing machine cover.

We got two stuffies for doggy toys. Shadow already stole one right out of my hands before I could get it in the washer.

I also found a couple of those wide, shallow bowls good for soup or salad. I've been looking for a while for something for salads. We usually use either the deep soup bowls that came with our dish set, which I don't like for that, or folding T-ware bowls that work well but don't look that nice. The new ones were only fifty cents each. I wish there would have been a couple more, but then again since I have no idea where I'll put those two, maybe it's just as well. I think we'll like them.

I got a big piece of Aida cloth, about a yard or more with a hunk cut out of it, but still a huge piece, $1.50. Husby's current project barely fits on the cloth and that's the best we could do, so we need big pieces because he prefers big projects. It's still a great deal over buying yardage retail.

Husby got another puzzle. He drives me crazy buying puzzles he never does anything with, but considering all the stuff I bought, who am I to complain? :D

The entire haul cost us just over $11.

I'm glad we made the sacrifice to go out in the cold. It was good for me to get out of the house. I got some marked down stuff at the grocery store too, but not too much. We needed milk too, so that worked out.

I brought the hand saws in to thaw out. I'm hoping Husby will do the cutting for me. He's faster at it. I hate handsaws even worse than I hate hand sewing. I don't know if I'll do the backer today or not, since that has to be cut outside. I'm going to see if it warms up any after lunch. I did take a peek at the lumber stash that's in the rack, and it looks like I might have the lumber I need for the whole project. I can hope anyway. I only did a cursory inventory so I won't know for sure till I actually get into the project in detail, but my goal in the near term is only to make the change to the face frame where the two drawers will eventually become one, even if I don't actually get to the drawer changes yet, and to get the backer in the other cabinet.
 

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Here's a quick pic of the cabinets I'm working on.

I sawed the piece of framing out that needed to be gone, so now there are two big open squares in the face frame and the smaller one at the top. I already like it a lot better. I also took a good look at the existing double drawer and realized it'll be fairly simple to convert the two shallow drawers to one deeper one, using a scrap of 1/4" plywood and the existing plywood spacer as a pattern. I'm sure I have the right chunk of plywood around. These cabinets should make a dandy craft table base. I do love a good repurpose!

Husby brought in the circular saw to defrost. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer so I'm hoping I can get the backer for the big cabinet cut without getting frostbite.

I used the mixer in its new place and I like it there a lot. It'll be even better when it will fit under the bottom shelf in the pot rack.

I went hunting for a small antique crock I thought I had in with the flower pots in the cabin, but I didn't find it. I might have gotten rid of it. I wanted to keep just a few utensils in that on the buffet, but might not have space anyway. I also emptied a drawer in the buffet so I'm hoping I can put baking supplies in there.

While I was in the cabin I looked at the ridgepole on the greenhouse and it's not looking good. I don't see how it'll survive the winter. I wish we could have put some supports in it but the way things happened, other things were a much higher priority and nobody was up to the job. If the worst thing that happens as a result of the Halloween Horror is we lose the greenhouse, then so be it.
 

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Sorry about the fingernail DC. I hate it when that happens. This cold dry air makes mine brittle. I lost two yesterday and just had a thumbnail pop off. Not all the way down like yours, but still annoying. Do you have any neosporin to put on it?

One of my favorite hobby shows announced 2018 dates... for Labor Day weekend. New location, rooms are $179 a night. :vs_whistle: DH and I are already looking at the $88 Best Western across the street. ~$80 buys a lot of toys.

Good finds SD! I am almost grateful I never see hobby stuff at our local stores. I wouldn't be able to get it in the house.

Going to keep assembling blocks for a while.
 
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I spent the better part of the afternoon chain stitching HSTs. This makes assembly easier, in theory. Here's where I'm at now:



You can see the star design coming together in the center. That's maybe not the best placement for my lightest background fabric, fortunately I don't have much of it, only one FQ. It's supposed to look scrappy anyway.

The prediction tonight is for freezing rain. We could use the rain, but not the ice. I've gathered what's left of the vegetable bin into a pot of soup for dinner.
 

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Who knew you could still buy a contemporary treadle sewing machine? Fascinating! I bet it wouldn't be that hard to convert a machine yourself using an old treadle machine cabinet. This one comes this way and costs $1,400. I can see the usefulness for people who are off the grid.
 

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Hahahaha! Now I found this article about how to convert a modern electric machine to a treadle model. They show the same machine that's for sale completely made in the pic above, from Lehman's.
How To Convert An Electric Sewing Machine Into A Non-Power Treadle | Off The Grid News
Why this fascinates me, I have no idea. I would never do it since I don't ever plan to live off the grid and already own a fancy shmancy parlor model treadle. Of course, a conversion of a new machine would offer lots more stitches than a vintage treadle.

What I'm actually doing is looking on Pinterest for ideas how to convert a vintage mid-century sewing machine cabinet to use with my new little Brother. I'm not finding that, but I did find the idea of converting a desk and I've been thinking about that anyway. I just want to be prepared in case I find a great sewing table like I have for my newest Viking. I never know when something is going to drop into my lap, and doing some fun research helps me be prepared with ideas in case I don't think fast enough on my own when I see something.
 

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SD - pictures of my sewing "desk". Got the whole thing from my parents, they probably bought it at auction. The larger rectangle lifts out and is set aside. Smaller rectangle is hinged so it fits under the front "lip" of the metal machine bed and holds it up. The whole thing is very clever.
Cabinetry Furniture Table Drawer Wood
Table Rectangle Wood Beige Flooring
Rectangle Bumper Automotive exterior Gas Tin
Sewing machine Sewing Sewing machine needle Sewing machine feet Household appliance accessory
 

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I feel like a total wimp whining about my finger when CH has had such major foot issues and pain. It's a good excuse to avoid dishes since its touchy about hot water, but I'll either have to get over that or fly SD down to install another sink or two for me.

I have a set of sampler type patterns for the seasons. I took out the winter and spring ones. I think they should go pretty quickly since there's a lot of open space in them. I pulled all the thread for them last night. I still have to finish the little tree first though.
 

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Several years ago I read about how certain makers are still selling treadle machines -- to third world countries where electricity is scarce. It made sense to me. At the time they had no US market, but may have since succumbed to consumer pressure.

Your desk looks very nice Dlrcpa. I have a couple old sewing tables with similar mechanisms.

Don't feel bad for me DC, I am mostly over it. Those small cuts are the worst.

I've gone and lost the necklace DH gave me for my birthday. I wore it yesterday and at some point the chain broke and the pendant fell off. I didn't notice until bed time. It's "antique copper" (brown) and the same color as the carpet. Sigh. It will turn up eventually.

It is 2 degrees above freezing, so we did not get the ice. It's not sunny and I don't think I'm in the mood to sew. Will find something.
 

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Sore fingers can be miserable too, D. I hope it heals up soon.

What a great find, DLR! Lucky you! That's a beautiful piece of furniture. I bet it cost a fortune new. The top has the same system as mine that I got for $8 but my table isn't as nice as yours or as big and it didn't come with a machine. Which is good in my case, because I was pushing it to make it fit as it was, and I had a machine. :D I can't get a good pic because of lack of distance in my sewing room, but here's my current setup. I bought the 'new' table because it was big enough for the extension I bought when I got my new machine a few years ago. I also added a small shelf on the right that extends into the space where the window is, because I needed a little more room there, and cut down the legs because it was too tall with my machine on the top. Then the board that goes across the front hit the top of my legs so I modded that, too. The little tweaks have made a world of difference. Now that I've gotten rid of the minor annoyances, this table is one of my favorite things in the sewing room.


I only have drawers on the left side which I prefer in my own case. Here they are, behind the thread catcher I made for that machine. Mine could use some TLC with scratch remover, but it's a low priority since it's buried in my sewing room where it's never really seen.


I think I have talked myself out of buying the wreck of a treadle sewing machine at GW. It's overpriced and a major project and I don't need it if I move my $5 special into the house from the cabin. Instead, I'm now on the hunt for a desk or table or sewing cabinet to convert to use at the end of the new craft table in the FR. Something will turn up. Garage sale season is coming!

I had wanted a dedicated area to press things on, built right into the tabletop. But snooping around Pinterest gave me the idea of making a drop-down table for pressing. I can attach it right to the end of one of the cabinets. I salvaged some plywood scraps last year that would be perfect for that project, and I have the fabric and padding I'd need, plus the hardware. I'm basing it on this pattern, but my table will drop down instead of folding up. I like the legs though. They look very sturdy. It'll be so nice not to have to drag out the ironing board every time. I don't have any space to keep it up all the time and don't use it enough to justify the floor space either. And I hate how narrow the ironing board is, so a wider table would be nice as well as more efficient.



I have a couple options for configuring my craft table, and what I decide might depend on what furniture turns up first. It could get interesting.
 

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Oh, yea! When we went to the cabin to get the antique sewing machine cabinet I turned into a planter stand a couple years ago, I found a typing table I had forgotten about. We brought that in too, and I think it'll be the perfect size and shape to sit at the end of the craft table. It's worth a try anyway. If I find something I like better I can still pick it up. But free is good and this one is really free, because Husby's employer furnished our entire home office back in the 1980s, so we never paid for it. When they laid Husby off, they told us to keep everything except the printer and the company car. The typing table was used but like new and still is. It's just basic, a rectangular top with four square legs and a little slide out shelf with a shallow drawer, but I've always liked it. Too bad my office chair won't fit under it. Still, I think it'll work out fine. I've had sewing machines on it before and didn't mind the small area.

My office looks a lot better in spite of the clutter that has grown out there since I haven't used it, now that we've taken two tables out of it.

I still plan to build the drop down ironing board though.

For the moment I'm happy to have managed our furniture stash rather than adding to it.
 

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Finished skein #4 and started skein #5 on my friend's afgan. It's finally over my knees. It's a bit longer than that but I pull part of it up in order to crochet a bit more comfortably. I probably could've done more over the weekend but I went out to the coffee shop to work on my story. I seem to be doing more that that lately.

The down comforter worked well over the weekend. I did use a couple of other blankets as well for weight. On the other hand, the down comforter is old and most of the down sort of migrated to the edges. I need to figure out how to move them back. :lol: On the other hand, the temps are finally warming up. It was nearly as warm on my way to work this morning (15*) as it was the warmest part yesterday afternoon (18*). It got down to -2* yesterday morning, just before dawn. We're supposed to get freezing rain this afternoon. Not looking forward to that, with getting home tonight. But it's supposed to get into the 40*'s tomorrow and up into the 50*'s by the end of the week.
 

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Sounds like good progress on the afghan, Ren.

I've heard that running down stuff through the dryer with a pair of clean tennis shoes is supposed to help fluff up down. I think it would work on the cool cycle on the dryer. I've never tried it, but it used to be the advice people gave for down coats.

I got some destruction done on the craft table build and some repair and reconstruction done, too. I have some things ready to cut which I'll do later. It was 23 degrees when I woke up at 4:30 AM so it's plenty warm to work outside for a while. Tomorrow is supposed to be decent too, so I need to take advantage. Wednesday we start another round of falling temps. Oh, joy. I want to cut some plexiglass too, to make some panels to go into some wire drawers where we store potatoes and onions. I think that would keep Shadow from eating that stuff when we're not home. The potatoes don't matter so much, but onions are poisonous for dogs and I'm getting tired of having to lock them in a bedroom every time we leave. One of these days we'll forget.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion about the tennis shoes in the dryer. I don't have clean tennis shoes but I do have the alpaca dryer balls I use for my regular laundry. Maybe that will work. One good thing is the dryers in the complex laundromat have a 'no heat' selection. And it might help with the dust, perhaps? I haven't used this comforter in years so it's been stuffed in a closet. :lol:
 

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You can wash down. Some, anyway. It depends if it's in fabric sturdy enough not to fall apart.

I had a good morning. I got the bottom two drawers from the new craft cabinet converted to one drawer. It's not pretty, and there was no way to make the spacing between the drawer fronts all match, but it's sturdy and works fine, so I'm satisfied. Nobody will notice, particularly since I expect, if I have the space in a new, smaller house someday, this cabinet will end up in a work room where it doesn't matter so much what it looks like. I'm way happier with the drawers made over this way than with two shallow drawers at the bottom. I also framed and installed the piece that creates the kneehole. I need that because I don't have anywhere to store my sewing chair, and because the cabinets without it were only four feet long. Now they're six feet. I already love it. Not too big, not too small, just right. There will be room on the right hand end for the fold-down ironing board to attach, once the dog crate is moved out. This table will be a multi-use space because we don't have a basement and I end up needing to do things in the house, like paint things and construct things if the weather isn't cooperative.



This is the little typing table I forgot I had.

I think I'm going to like that sitting at the end of the cabinets. It's too wide now, but will be just right once I build the shelving across the back of the cabinets. That will make the tabletop 10-12 inches wider, depending on what I can scare up for lumber. That didn't look encouraging when I was poking around in the garage this morning. I'm not opposed to buying new lumber but I'd rather use what I have, so I'll probably be able to figure out something. I'll be able to do a more through search come spring.

Still have to do the backer on the bigger cabinet, but Husby is home from work early tomorrow and I'm hoping he can help me dig out some lumber. The way things are right now out there, what I need is buried and it'll be much easier to get it out with two people.

I was kinda dreading dealing with those drawers, so it's a relief to have those done. Everything else is very easy. And with the kneehole created now, this project is starting to look like something. Happy me! :sun::cheer4:
 
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